Algarve Things to do

There are lots of things to do in Algarve.

Algarve has something for everyone. Roman ruins, Moorish castles and traditional villages. An amazing coastline and ideal conditions for water sports. Over 30 top class golf courses. Nature trails and parks. Kids theme parks. A vast choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. With the naturally courteous Portuguese as hosts, over 300 days of sunshine per year, delicious local gastronomy and great wines, a visit here is a memorable experience.

The Algarve region can be divided into three fairly distinct areas – East, West and Central Algarve.

Church Algarve

The Central Algarve area includes the famous Golden Triangle of Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, synonomous with luxury living, and the ever popular resort of Albufeira with it’s lively nightlife.

The village of Alte and the mountains of Algarve are located in Central Algarve, where people live in harmony with nature and maintain traditions that they love to share.

The interior of this beautiful region is dotted with winding roads and tiny villages that allow you glimpses of a style and pace of life that is fast disappearing. Travelling by car you can explore the white-washed villages, orange and lemon orchards and eucalyptus groves. You can learn of the local flora and fauna, of the old traditions and customs still practiced in this area.

Discover the rural charms of the hidden inland Algarve, visit charming places like Monchique, Silves, Alte, Querença, Messines, Salir, Loulé and some beautiful nature places like Rocha da Pena, Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão.

Beaches of the Algarve

The Western Algarve with smaller fishing villages turned resorts set the tone with a more laid-back feel. And the further West you go, the greater the impact of the majestic Atlantic on the landscape, the beaches, the food and the very air that you breathe.

The wild landscape, is all about nature, about surfing and the sea, about bird watching or spotting dolphins, or walking cliff-top paths from one deserted sandy cove to another.

In the Eastern Algrve is the landscape one of gentle hills, small villages, and long, long golden beaches, dotted with lagoons and sandbanks. The water temperature tends to be higher here.

The coastal towns of the eastern Algarve are ‘real’ towns, far more under-developed than those in the Central and Western area of the Algarve, away from the hordes of tourists and water parks.

Why is it so undeveloped? The reason for this is probably because the towns along the coast are not generally right on the sea. They are separated from the Atlantic by salt-pans, marshland and lagoons. These form part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve which stretches from just south of Faro along the coast to the town of Vila Nova de Cacela, a few kilometres west of the Rio Guadiana river on the Spanish border.

Beaches in Algarve
Golf in Algarve

Golf in the Algarve

The Algarve is synonymous with golf, with a remarkable collection of first class championship courses and amazing resorts strung along the sun-kissed coastline. Possibly one of the most famous golfing regions in Europe, the Algarve certainly knows how to give you that perfect holiday by the greens.

Scattered with expertly designed golf courses, the Algarve is the place to head to if you want to perfect your pitch and putt. The area is renowned for golf courses, so you simply can’t go wrong when it comes to golf in the Algarve.

More things to do in the Algarve

Algarve Leisure Activities are easily to reach from Alte, the most of them are just 30 minutes by car.

The list of things to do in the Algarve is endless. For a great day out take a boat trip along the coast, enjoy dolphin watching, go on jeep safari or learn to surf. Visit one of the theme parks / water parks or enjoy some top pampering at a luxurious spa.

With its fantastic natural beauty and facilities the Algarve is THE venue for special events – a family celebration, a corporate event or a dream Algarve wedding. The Algarve is much more than just sun, sea and sand – so why not make the most of it!

Dolphin watching in Algarve